The UESI-NE Zone MISCON was held from 13th–15th January, 2018 at Don Bosco Institute, Kharguli, Guwahati (Assam). The conference was attended by around 169 delegates from all the states in NE. This was one of the most anticipated events for the NE Zone because the Mission Conference this year was held after quite a long gap. The conference theme was “Go, Sow, Grow & Reap”. The Resource Persons for the conference were Prof. (Dr) John Paul Pulipati, Dr. Vinito L Chishi, Dr. Sedevi Angami, Dr Ramesh Babu, and Rev. Yokestar Rumnong.
Everyone was blessed, inspired, challenged and encouraged through the messages and different sessions, and through the personal lives of the resource persons. The venue which was located at the bank of the Brahmaputra River was a scenic place, and the accommodation and food were up to the mark.
The sessions covered were: – An Open Door- A Biblical Perspective on Contemporary Mission Context, Profession as Mission, Missio Dei- The call to involve in God’s Mission, Urban Mission, Missiological Innovation: New beginnings in old paths, Students as Tent-maker, Bible expositions, and evening devotions. Apart from these sessions, the long breaks after tea and food were golden moments for each one of us for a time of interactions and fellowshipping with one another.
Some of the challenges and inspiration from the conference:
• Really challenged and encouraged by the lives of the resource persons, especially the two medical doctors who both said, “I’m a full time God’s servant but a part time doctor”.
• Exposition on the seven churches from Missional-historical perspective and how the door is opened for world evangelism.
• “When God called you to go for Him, do you think He made a mistake? Do you think He got the wrong person? He knows you and called you even before you were born”. (Prof. John Paul Pulipati)
• “Today is the era of Evangelism, if you don’t sow while there is an open door for the Gospel, it will be closed at anytime. You go, sow, grow & reap while you have time”. (Rev. Yokestar)
• “When I first entered Arunachal as a missionary (staff-worker) through UESI 20 years back, I slept in a small temporary bamboo hut with rain water flowing on the ground, no food, no market nearby, but a big river to cross…, and I had no cooking materials”. (Rev. Alfred Valui, Staff-worker)
We thank and praise God for this program and for all the provisions. We also thank the host state Assam and all the EUs, EGFs, well wishers, delegates, Resource Persons for their contribution and participation in various ways toward the success of the program.
May God bless you all & the ministry in the NE Zone.
Mr. G. Chinhaulal, UESI-NE Office